The Jim Mathews Award for Intelligence Excellence

2014 Competition

The Jim Mathews Award for Intelligence Excellence
Letter of Introduction
Dear University Students:
We are delighted to announce the third edition of a special award you can...
Submission Instructions
Criteria & Qualifications
The following are the qualifications you must meet to in order to be eli...
Submission Instructions
Essay Questions
Please select one (1) of the following five (5) essay questions.
Prepare a 1,000 t...
Timeline & Deliverables
As a candidate for a Jim Mathews Award, you are expected to deliver the following to the
review co...
James “Jim” Mathews
James E. (Jim) Mathews spent more than 30 years in the Defense Industry,
and the last 14 in Competitiv...
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Aurora WDC Jim Mathews Award for Intelligence Excellence - Instructions and Application

  1. 1. The Jim Mathews Award for Intelligence Excellence 2014 Competition The Jim Mathews Award for Intelligence Excellence
  2. 2. Letter of Introduction Dear University Students: We are delighted to announce the third edition of a special award you can apply for that memorializes a long-time contributor to the corporate intelligence world, James (Jim) Mathews. Aurora first introduced this award in 2012 in memory and acknowledgement of the lasting professional contributions to the field of competitive intelligence (CI) made by Mr. Mathews. Having known Jim for nearly a decade, we viewed him as exemplifying the “gold standard” in terms of professionalism in the business and competitive intelligence arena. He always loved to speak to students about entering and being in the intelligence profession, and what a noble pursuit it was. More information about Jim has been included in the following pages. Please find enclosed the details that will enable you to compete for one of two (2) awards to allow you to attend the 29 th annual international conference and exhibition of the Strategic & Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) in Orlando, FL this spring (May 6-8, 2014) as a Jim Mathews Award recipient. As an award winning university student, your registration fee will be covered by Aurora WDC to the conference’s general session. Additionally, each of the two award recipients will be allocated an additional $500 stipend for meeting your travel-related expenses. Most importantly, you will signify to potential employers your desire to achieve the levels of professionalism in your own career that Jim Mathews was widely known for. Thank you for considering this opportunity to advance your Intelligence career and education, and do so in memory and honor of a great individual and highly respected professional. Please feel free to reach either of us by email or phone to discuss any questions you may have regarding submission. Best Regards, Dr. Craig S. Fleisher Chief Learning Officer +1 608-630-5869 Craig.Fleisher@AuroraWDC.com The Jim Mathews Award for Intelligence Excellence 2
  3. 3. Submission Instructions Criteria & Qualifications The following are the qualifications you must meet to in order to be eligible to apply for the Jim Mathews Award: Minimum: 1. Be a currently enrolled (full or part-time) student at any accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (e.g., college, polytechnic, university) – and provide (unofficial or official) proof of registration in either the current semester (Fall, 2013 and/or Winter/Spring, 2014 term) 2. Minimum 2.6 GPA (or 75 on a 100 scale) overall – be able to provide the judging committee a copy of the university’s record indicating cumulative GPA Important additional elements: 3. Have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in business, competitive, (commercial) economic, and/or market intelligence 4. Articulate a strong appreciation for ethics & professional values in intelligence practice 5. Demonstrate leadership qualities within student organizations 6. Display high levels of curiosity and persistence in your coursework and assignments The Jim Mathews Award for Intelligence Excellence 3
  4. 4. Submission Instructions Essay Questions Please select one (1) of the following five (5) essay questions. Prepare a 1,000 to 1,500 word, original essay as your response. You will be judged on writing quality and the content of your answer. On a separate (cover) sheet submitted with the essay response, please be sure to note how you meet each of the six criteria above, as well as providing your full contact details, word count and any additional documentation directly relevant to documenting your qualifications. 1. Some members of the general public believe Competitive Intelligence (CI) practitioners are “corporate spies.” Describe what steps you would take or recommend to your (current or prospective) organization to help their stakeholders overcome this misconception. 2. Social media has become critical to CI practice in the last few years. Please describe the six most critical things a company’s top executives must understand about social media in order for their organizations to be successful from an CI perspective. 3. Most published examples of CI happen in large, publicly-traded corporations. Make a compelling case that CI can and should be used to provide great value to either a) small and medium-sized enterprises, or b) non-profit/not-for-profit organizations. 4. Effective CI practice is increasingly supported by automated digital processes, particularly specialized software or web-based applications. Describe the key challenges and opportunities that organizations face in trying to balance in practice the advantages and disadvantages that come from employing specialized intelligence “solutions.” 5. Many business decision makers believe they do not need CI because they can find anything they want by “Googling it”. Describe how you would convince your new, “Google-obsessed” boss, that this self-service approach will not meet their or your organization’s competitive intelligence needs. The Jim Mathews Award for Intelligence Excellence 4
  5. 5. Timeline & Deliverables As a candidate for a Jim Mathews Award, you are expected to deliver the following to the review committee. Please send all submissions to Dr. Craig Fleisher via e-mail to Craig.Fleisher@AuroraWDC.com. He will distribute to the Awards Selection Committee accordingly.  January 31 (Friday), 2014: all submissions due by 17:00 EST  Week of February 24, 2014: Follow-up interviews (by phone) take place with award finalists (group of 4-7)  March 10, 2014 (Monday): Final selections and notification to award recipients SCIP’s International Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in early May at the Caribe Royal Resort in sunny Orlando, Florida. Please see an overview of the meeting at: http://www.scip.org/files/SCIP-NA2014.pdf We look forward to seeing all of our applicants, and particularly the two winners, there for an outstanding exchange of ideas and time! The Jim Mathews Award for Intelligence Excellence 5
  6. 6. James “Jim” Mathews James E. (Jim) Mathews spent more than 30 years in the Defense Industry, and the last 14 in Competitive Intelligence (CI) and Price-to-Win (PTW). His whole career was centered on winning new business and he was the Lead CI Professional and/or PTW leader/co-leader on some of the largest winning proposals in recent years. His resume wins included the realignment of NORAD and Cheyenne Mountain (ISC2), the Joint Strike Fighter (The F-35), Coast Guard Deepwater (Recapitalization of all Coast Guard’s assets), High altitude Airship, the Littoral Combat Ship (fast fighting ship for the shallow waters of the littorals), War Fighter Focus (Live, Virtual, and Constructive Training for the Army for the next 10 Years), and a multitude of Service Jobs and Classified Projects. Jim was medically retired from the US Air Force where, at one time, he was an Airborne Voice Controller for the Apollo program for NASA. Jim received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Master of Science Degree in Contract and Acquisition Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. Following a successful career at Lockheed Martin, he retired early in 2003, and joined Raytheon for just over three years as Director of Deal-To-Win, followed by Northrop Grumman TASC for 5 years as Director of CI/ Position-To-Win before joining Booz Allen Hamilton in December 2010 as a Principal on their GO Team. He and his wife Bonnie resided in the McLean, Virginia area, and were die-hard Florida Gators fans. Jim had a passion for seeing young people succeed in their careers, and was always a willing mentor to professionals of any age who had a desire to learn. The Jim Mathews Award for Intelligence Excellence 6

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